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The last last LAST! Word On Worms

The last last LAST! Word On Worms

    I've been trying to wriggle my way out of perpetually presenting on this topic.  I guess, like the poor patients afflicted by them, theses stories and my preoccupation with how to help, has kept me awake many a night and once apparently 'resolved',...

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The Underrated Art of Ancient Mastication

No, mastication.  I've touched on this before but I believe we need regular reminders.  Or maybe that's just me? I am a fan of chewing.  I don't profess to be good at it (I am a wolfer of food  tbh) but I see the enormous therapeutic benefits it has to offer. ...

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In Need Of Some Fuel Reduction?

In Need Of Some Fuel Reduction?

We've been talking all about the dangers of excess fuel in our blood recently.   You know, just like nature...too much fuel underfoot creates a fire hazard.  So too in the bloods of our patients.  The key fuels I am referring to, of course, are lipids (triglycerides...

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A Simple…

A Simple…

My how the time just flies when you're chasing answers from private pathology companies!  As Brisbane based naturopath, Sandi Cooper, can attest to having recently been down the seemingly eternal email trail with a pathology company trying to ascertain if their...

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White Australia Pathology?

White Australia Pathology?

Here's a newsflash for absolutely no one, we're all practising healthcare in racially diverse communities, right?  Take Australia for example.  At last count, at least 1 in 4 were not born here and of those who were, 3% are indigenous and many many more come from...

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Creatine Supplements: Brain Over Brawn

Creatine Supplements: Brain Over Brawn

I think I'm finally able to put my 'late-90s-Creatine-frontline-trauma' behind me.  Back then, like many good nats in training, I was working the trenches of the health food stores and was faced on a daily basis with two types of men with two types of Creatine...

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To All The Believers…You Might Want to Read This

To All The Believers…You Might Want to Read This

  I didn't catch that Zonulin wave that hit Australian integrative health practitioners a few years back. I think it might have been after Dr. Frassano himself, made an appearance at one of our big conferences.  Like the true bloody sceptic I am, I stayed dry on...

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TSI* – Not the Car Kind!

TSI* – Not the Car Kind!

No doubt you've heard me refer to the thyroid Abs by their nicknames, TRAb is one I mention often, or Thyroid Receptor Antibody, as its mum calls it, when it's in trouble.   And it's always in trouble!  But TRAb is actually the collective name for several flavours of...

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Why Iron? Why Us???

Why Iron? Why Us???

Did I mention my mentees ask the meanest (!) & most meaningful questions?  Especially those early career practitioners engaged in our New Grads program! And it's been almost a whole month minute since I've talked about iron, so I wanted to share this gem from...

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Hanging Out For The Histamine Handshake?!

Hanging Out For The Histamine Handshake?!

Recently a mentee reported that when attending an in-person training event (remember those, everyone?!) she approached a sponsor’s stand, promoting practitioner training in the nutritional management of mental health, based on the pioneering work of American...

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Have You Met Your Hype-Guy?

Have You Met Your Hype-Guy?

About 15 years ago I was introduced to histamine, the neurotransmitter.  Before that, I only knew him (come on...it has to be, right? Histamine) as an immune molecule, an allergy mediator, a chemotactic agent of chaos! Given my interest & previous work in mental...

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It’s True

It’s True

I've a confession to make, I took the batteries out of our smoke detector in our kitchen. Why?  You know why.  Because it went off all the time, with what I like to call, friendly fires...you know, heating oil for poppadoms, a rush of steam upwards from a hot pot on...

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Where Could Should Would All the Iron Go?

Where Could Should Would All the Iron Go?

I love a good iron question.  It makes me emit a sound like Jack Sparrow might, when faced with something pleasingly piratey 🏴‍☠️  Lucky because I am asked SO MANY GOOD ONES, SO OFTEN!!  Being one of the earliest minerals discovered to be...

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SSRIs – A Weight On Some Patient’s Minds

SSRIs – A Weight On Some Patient’s Minds

Given 1 in 8 Australians right now are taking an antidepressant, chances are you're seeing a lot of clients on these, especially the SSRIs.  Erica McIntyre (fellow naturopath) and colleagues, found that in fact, mental health diagnoses affect about 43% of individuals...

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Walk Towards The Light!

Walk Towards The Light!

Now find a comfy spot everyone & I'll tell you a story...'Once upon a time, a long long time ago, we lived our days out in the dark, regarding potential calcium dysregulation!' But ever since serum Calcium has become a standard lab included in most routine...

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Trends not Truths

Trends not Truths

Trends in mineral supplements are like music genres, you can pick which 'decade' they were formulated very quickly. But instead of going by clothes, hairstyles or even the style of accompanying  music video, it's all about the form - the 'thing' the mineral is bound...

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Is This You?

Is This You?

Gotta love all the clever inquisitive minds among our integrative health practitioner community.   I think each of us, as children may have been that one kid who just never stopped asking questions.  What a great quality to have because it prompts us to think outside...

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Balancing Protein With Personalised Requirements

Balancing Protein With Personalised Requirements

You guys know I can't help myself.  For the last year or so I've been immersed in developing and redeveloping and redeveloping 🤓 [ahem apologies to my team!!] teaching tools for all practitioners to better understand what the routine renal markers can offer us...

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A Nifty Tool (for non-Neanderthals)

A Nifty Tool (for non-Neanderthals)

The walls of books you can see behind me in my office, during webinars etc are not stage-props.  Not a single day would go by without me pulling multiple core texts down off these shelves to caress their paper pages. I recite the most often used ones: Shils Shike,...

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Calling Out The Conspiracy

Calling Out The Conspiracy

I don't know about you but I don't count myself among the conspiracy theorists. While I may have been partial to the occasional one over my lifetime, you have my word, I never inhaled. Or at least not since I learned the practise of scientific enquiry and the...

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No One Does Nutrition Like We Do Nutrition

No One Does Nutrition Like We Do Nutrition

A 26 year old woman suffering years of fatigue from 'persistent iron and B12 deficiency' repetitively treated with both oral and IV, walks into a compounding chemist and finally meets her match 🐱‍🏍  A naturopath with years of experience working...

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